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Laura: A Creole Plantation

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Address: 2247 Hwy 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
Phone Number: +1 225-265-7690
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:15 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's...
Have your passport ready as you enter the fascinating world of Louisiana's Creoles who lived apart from the American mainstream for over 200 years at this historic site Laura's acclaimed tour, named by the Lonely Planet Travel Network as the "Best History tour in the US," is based upon 5,000 pages of documents discovered in the French National Archive and upon Laura Locoul's "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," handwritten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1936. This 70-minute guided tour focuses on actual events in the lives of plantation owners, women, slaves, and children, their traditions, customs, mores, their folklore, the skilled workmanship of enslaved African artisans and the complex, intimate personal relationships they shared at this and other sugar plantations on the Great River Road.

Through life-sized figures, portraits, photos, slave and business records, weapons, clothing, heirlooms, and furniture, visitors are brought face-to-face with some remarkable Creole personalities whose stories are rich in documented detail. The intimate, honest examination of their lives fully reveals what is essentially a tale of human tragedy and the eventual disintegration of Louisiana's original Creole culture. Your Laura experience begins with a visit through the Maison Principale (built 1805), then onto the plantation grounds, into the formal French Garden, kitchen garden and Banana-Land grove, concluding in the 1840s slave cabins where the ancient west-African folktales of Compair Lapin (known in English as that legendary rascal "B'rer Rabbit") were recorded. Located in the heart of New Orleans Plantation Country just off Interstate-10, halfway to Baton Rouge, the Laura Plantation complex is surrounded by fields of sugarcane and includes 12 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, barns, cottages, slave cabins, dowager house (1829) and plantation store (gift shop). 

 La visite de la Plantation Laura se fait en francais tous les jours a 11h, 13h, et 15h. 

 Laura is open daily from 9:30AM - 5PM except for major holidays. The first tour of the day begins at 10AM with tours beginning approximately every 40 minutes thereafter until the last tour of the day at 4PM. 

 Before or after your Laura tour, enjoy authentic, homestyle Cajun food at B&C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant right next door.

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Although not as picturesque as Oak Alley, this is unmissable. The guide was fantastic and knowledgeable and you can imagine how challenging life was for both the Duparc and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Although not as picturesque as Oak Alley, this is unmissable. The guide was fantastic and knowledgeable and you can imagine how challenging life was for both the Duparc and slaves. There's some original slave quarters standing that houses artefacts donated by the slaves' families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Laura Plantation gives the visitor a true view of a working plantation. It is not your "mansion" plantation, rather a real "working" plantation. Our guide was great-and a great tour guide is essential.The grounds were lovely, and this entire experience was extremely informative and interesting. I am so very glad we went on this tour, and would recommend that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed Laura's educational experience. If you visit Laura you will find... Free parking and admission around $20/adult. 70 minute walking tour of the home and grounds. A friendly, well spoken tour guide who will explain the history of the property through stories from one specific family. The tour doesn't make the focus of the information slavery, which could be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I had never heard of Laura's Plantation but it was offered as an additional trip on a tour we booked with Gate 1. It was amazing! What a picture of Creole plantation life. Our guide (Rose) was incredible. Her knowledge and easy banter made the tour go so fast and left us wanting more. She is a terrific storyteller; it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

If you’re looking for a grand white southern belle mansion, then this will surely disappoint. Laura’s is a colorful 2-story house where the ground level is essentially an above-ground basement. Our guide was Rocky, and his presentation made this plantation’s history come alive. The tour was scripted but he injected his own commentary into it; his ability to weave the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We decided to do this tour and suck it up and pay the $20 per person, even though I knew the house wasn't very grand. Am glad we did. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I learned quite a bit--more than I would have alone. Love the history of the Creole and had no idea about the soil properties. It... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Karen (who has apparently been with Laura since the 1990s) was extremely rude. I visited the plantation with my class as a learning experience with an open mind, however, she was very condescending, clearly didn't want us to ask questions, and spoke about slavery in the present tense, actually using the words "is" and "are". She was very insensitive to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

What's with all the wine bottles was an initial thought, but clearly clarified and interesting history. Did the two plantation tour (with Oak Alley Plantation). Both very informative and interesting in different ways. Laura building presented as a working office whereas Oak Alley as a residence. Both have sugar cane as crops and the slave aspect. The history of slavery... More 

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San Diego CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Laura Plantation was amazing. Our tour guide was full of stories that took all the guests back 150 years. The big house was full of wonderful furniture and pictures in great condition, many of them saved by local fire fighters BEFORE they started spraying the building to take down the fire. The stories of Laura were so interesting, I was... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The tour guide Doug was very enthuastic and informative. This is great story of generational plantation life for a family of creoles. The slave cabins are a reminder of a way of life that would have been horrific. Good reminder of where humanity should not go ago.

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